VIDEO PREMIERE: “FOURTH OF JULY” – STEVE’S NEW SINGLE WRITTEN WITH ANDY PARTRIDGE (XTC)
Today marks the OFFICIAL VIDEO release for the new single on Wicked Cool Records!!
Steve Conte – Fourth Of July (Official HD Video)
New York City guitarist, singer & songwriter Steve Conte has released a video for his new single, co-written with Andy Partridge (XTC) titled “Fourth of July.”
The recording features drummer Prairie Prince (The Tubes, Todd Rundgren) who played on XTC’s classic album, ‘Skylarking.’ On bass is Steve’s brother John Conte, with Andrew Hollander on piano.
The song & video serve as a follow-up to his 2021 acclaimed solo album Bronx Cheer, and offers an early preview of his upcoming new LP due out in 2024 via Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records.
The song’s official video was made by 12 Inch Media, UK. Graphics & production by David Provan. Green screen footage filmed at DCity Studios in Long Island by Don Chaffin. (Thanks to Danny Stanton & Gav McCaughey)
“Fourth of July” was written with one of my favorite songwriters of all time, from one of my fave bands – Andy Partridge of XTC. I feel blessed to be writing with one of my heroes…and to be recording for Little Steven Van Zandt’s label, Wicked Cool Records,” says Conte.
“With a title like “Fourth of July” I knew I didn’t want to make this song lyric at all patriotic American or about Independence Day – I wanted it to be about the sparks that fly, the fireworks that go off in a relationship. One with intense chemistry…love, fulfillment …bombs bursting in air, ya know? Explosions, yes – but no stars & stripes.
The chorus of the song is one that I’ve had kicking around since the 90s. I wrote the hook while getting ready to leave my NYC apartment for some July 4th event – I just started singing about what was happening that day. The hook was all there; chords, melody, the title lyric, the phrasing – complete with that odd timing. I thought it could be something special because I never forgot it.”